I am still a beginner with using terminal. I am trying to ssh from my mac at home to a linux at my university. I am using VPN to connect to the network. When I ping the IP address of the computer I want to connect to it responds. I can connect when I am on campus, but not when I'm off. When I try ssh -v username@IP this is what I get:

debug1: Reading configuration data /etc/ssh_config
debug1: /etc/ssh_config line 20: Applying options for *
debug1: Connecting to [] port 22.
debug1: connect to address port 22: Operation timed out
ssh: connect to host port 22: Operation timed out

Running traceroute gives

traceroute to (, 64 hops max, 52 byte packets
 1  host141-129.vpnhosts.csulb.edu (  30.269 ms  29.085 ms  27.597 ms
 2  * * *
 3  * * *
 4  * * *
 5  * * *
 6  * * *

Any help would be much appreciated.

  • 1
    I would contact the IT support team of the university with this information, they might be in a better position to analyze this.
    – nohillside
    Feb 23, 2015 at 9:31
  • 1
    it looks like your University blocks many Ports. Maybe you have a wrong IP Adress, but you can't definitly not reach the 22 Port - also ICMP is turned off, so your traceroute will not work too.
    – bMalum
    Feb 23, 2015 at 10:25
  • 1
    The IP address 10.x.x.x is a local address only ands so not accessable from the internet just your campus. Ask your system admin how to access off the campus
    – mmmmmm
    Feb 23, 2015 at 13:04

1 Answer 1


It turns out that I did I was being denied access, so I spoke to IT at school and got access. Thank you everyone for your help.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .